By Kathryn Casey
Bright, appealing, and either from stable households, collage of Texas collage pupil Colton Pitonyak and colourful redhead Jennifer Cave had the area at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had simply landed a thrilling new activity, whereas a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious enterprise tuition lured Pitonyak to Austin. but the previous altar boy had a depressing, unpredictable streak, person who ensnared him within the perilous underworld of substances and weapons. whilst Jennifer did not appear for paintings on August 18, 2005, her mom turned nervous. Sharon Cave's seek resulted in Colton's West Campus house, the place Jennifer's family members stumbled on a scene useful of the grisliest horror motion picture. in the meantime, Colton Pitonyak was once nowhere to be found.
A Descent Into Hell is the gripping precise tale of 1 of the main brutal slayings in UT history—and the wild "Bonnie and Clyde-like" flight from justice of a cold-blooded younger killer and his would-be female friend, who claimed that her unquestioning allegiance to Pitonyak used to be "just the way in which I roll."
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I need to get there early within the morning. ” in the meantime in his residence on the Orange Tree, at 8:47 that night, Colton logged onto the UT site to ascertain his summer time institution grade. lacking the examination had expense him dearly. the bright scholarship scholar had earned a D in his biology type. How for much longer may his mom and dad help him with such disappointments? He used to be already complaining to buddies that his father had bring to an end his allowance. mins later, Jennifer back Colton’s cellphone name. a short while later, Nora Sullivan observed Colton outdoor his condo and requested if she may watch his tv that evening. She wasn’t unpacked but, didn’t have cable, and desired to see Rescue Me, a chain approximately long island urban firefighters at the FX channel. “I’m going out to dinner and that i won’t be there,” Colton stated. Then he thought of it, and additional, “But i'll offer you my key. ” “No,” Nora acknowledged. “It’s no gigantic deal. ” At 10:30, Michael Rodriguez comprehensive his shift at innovative assurance and known as Jennifer. She advised him approximately her new task, pleasure lacing each one notice. “We have to hang around again,” he advised her. not with Scott and her dating with Eli informal, she responded, “We’ll do lunch, quickly. ” “What’re you doing this night? ” “I’m going downtown to hang around with a friend,” she stated. “Colton’s bought a few matters. ” Michael didn’t comprehend Colton and didn’t ask what sort of concerns. on the time, he hadn’t desired to pry. He loved Jennifer, yet they have been nonetheless within the getting-to-know-each-other degree, whilst it wasn’t a good suggestion to push too demanding. even supposing she’d informed Denise she was once staying in, someday after 10:30 Jennifer left the residence and drove to Colton’s position. possibly she used to be apprehensive approximately him. among the D in biology and having to name his mom and dad to reclaim the automobile, he should have been in a bad temper. That Jennifer used to be pulling her existence jointly, interested by the hot task, should have drawn into even sharper standpoint the mess he’d made up of his personal. A month or so past, Jennifer had referred to as Karissa Reine in the course of the evening, anxious, asserting she was once in a closet and that she couldn’t depart simply because she didn’t have her motor vehicle. This night, Jennifer drove her personal motor vehicle. She wearing a brief khaki skirt and a striped tank most sensible. She left her lengthy pink hair down, and acquired in her black Saturn to select Colton up on the Orange Tree, then drove to 6th highway. Their first cease used to be Jazz, a cavernous Louisiana-style Cajun nutrition position with wooden flooring, a protracted bar, and New Orleans decor. From Jazz, Colton and Jennifer drove or walked down 6th road. It used to be quiet that evening, among semesters at UT, and lots of of the scholars who habitually crowded the bars even on weekday nights hadn’t again for the autumn semester. It was once scorching, August continually is in principal Texas, and so they handed outdated wooden and brick storefronts with blazing neon symptoms, advertisements therapeutic massage and tattoo parlors, and saloons just like the Chugging Monkey, The Blind Pig, and Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar. in the street, Jennifer observed a pleasant face; Melissa Kuhl used to be celebrating her birthday with a gaggle of pals.